Talented Hunter tradies could nab themselves a share in $60,000 worth of funding this month as Rheem Australia launches its 2024 Apprentice Plumber Grants program.
The annual cash splash is available to apprentice plumbers and gas fitters across the country.
This year the number of grants on offer has jumped from 10 to 20, each worth $3,000.
First, second, third or fourth-year apprentices can apply to receive $2,000 to assist with their TAFE/RTO fees and textbooks, and $1,000 to help build their essential trade toolbox.
“Since 2012, we have proudly awarded more than $360,000 to apprentice plumbers around the country,” says Chris Taylor, managing director of ANZ, at Rheem Australia.
“This year, to further support the education and training of Australia’s plumbing community, we have doubled our contribution.”
In 2023, the initiative attracted a record number of grant applications.
One of the successful applicants was New Lambton Heights father-of-four Rory Withers.
At the time, the 49-year-old was a mature-aged apprentice making a career change.
The grant enabled Rory to make a dent in his study costs.
Mr Taylor is hoping this year will be the same.
“The plumbing community has supported Rheem for more than 80 years, which has been a huge driver of our success,” he said.
“To show our appreciation we will have more grants on offer in 2024 and I encourage all to apply for a Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants.
“Apprentices have nothing to lose and everything to gain by applying.”
Applications will be judged by a panel of independent industry experts and a Rheem adjudicator.
Applications close on Sunday 28 April, with successful grant recipients announced in June 2024.
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